District Schedules School Transportation Parent Forum

Ridgefield School District is holding a School Transportation Parent Forum on Thursday, September 19th, 5:30-7:00 pm at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center.  Staff from KWRL Transportation and Ridgefield School District will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and participate in discussions regarding student transportation.  All parents are encouraged to attend!

 

Free Training Teaches Mental Health First Aid

Come attend a free training that teaches a five-step action plan that you can use to offer assistance to someone in an emotional or mental health crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour training course being offered September 24-25, 5:00-9:00 pm at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  To register, go to:  https://forms.gle/XAoTXQnn7wYvW2bf6 .

 

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Early Learning Center Set for September 10th

Ridgefield School District’s new Early Learning Center (ELC) is now open!  On Tuesday, September 3rd, it welcomed its first students into newly-renovated classrooms at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC).

The ELC serves preschoolers (ages 3-5) and provides before and after school care for students in Grades K-4.   Join us to celebrate its official opening!  You are also invited to walk through the new facility.

For more information about the Early Learning Center, visit https://www.ridgefieldsd.org/o/district/page/early-learning-center-preschool-child-care.

District Implements Use of Biometric Technology in Food Service and Enrollment Applications

To further ensure the security of student information for this school year, Ridgefield School District is excited to be implementing a new, more secure process using biometric technology to identify student accounts in food service and enrollment/attendance applications.

The district will be working with ID Connect, a vendor that provides software that converts a student’s unique finger print into an encrypted data record.  Students will be identified by placing their finger on a special reader.  Only the student’s unique ID number is stored and assigned to the fingerprint image—not the student’s name and personal information.

The specificity of this technology protects student ID numbers and PIN numbers from being misplaced or shared with other students, ensuring secure identity protection for students who have their fingerprint image on file.  In addition, this system will help to streamline the food service process, expediting lunch lines to move faster.

The following is a letter from ID Connect with additional information about the new technology.

If you have concerns or questions about having your student participate in this system, please call Paula McCoy, Executive Director of Business Services.

For additional information about this system, please contact ID Connect at 800-248-7460.

Ridgefield High School Cheerleaders Win All-American Honors at Varsity NCA Camp

Congratulations to Amaya Socha (senior), Mia Tomillo (senior) and Joslyn Mayberry (sophomore) of the Ridgefield High School Cheer Team.  They each earned All-American Cheerleader honors at National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) competitions during Varsity Camp at Evergreen State College in Olympia held in early July.

Socha, Tomillo and Mayberry were among eight cheerleaders selected for All-American honors from a field of 200 cheerleaders who attended the camp.

All-American Cheerleaders are recognized each year in NCA summer cheer camps nationwide.  Recipients of this prestigious award are chosen for their exceptional showmanship, poise, technique and crowd-leading spirit, and they earn the recognition of being top cheerleaders in their state.  The honor also affords them the opportunity to participate in parades around the country, such as the Orange Bowl Parade, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and others.

In addition, the RHS Cheer Team as a whole took first place in the Band Dance Competition and was voted Most Spirited Squad by the camp participants.  Head Coach Alyssa Tomillo and JV Coach Anja Felton lead the cheer team for the district.

Congratulations to all!  Go Spuds!

Ridgefield School District Hosts Experience Ridgefield on September 14

Mark your calendars for some good old-fashioned, small-town fun as the Ridgefield School District prepares to host Experience Ridgefield on Saturday, September 14.  The annual community carnival celebrates Ridgefield’s proud past, prosperous present and promising future.

The event will take place at the new Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC) at 3101 S. Hillhurst Road from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Sharing the venue will be Ridgefield’s fifth annual Oktoberfest celebration sponsored by Ridgefield Main Street.

Experience Ridgefield will offer activities for all ages including a carnival midway complete with inflatables and a game truck, food and craft vendors, potato sack races, Bingo, a Mr. Potato Head contest and informational kiosks.  A corn hole tournament (new this year) is also planned.

Prior to the event, the public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-completed RHS Expansion Project at Ridgefield High School, across from the RORC.  The new two-story, 42,000 square foot facility, part of the district’s 2017 Bond Program, houses a media center, a college career center, a science learning wing and new learning spaces for special education, fine arts, and general education.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10:00 am in the new building’s library.

Experience Ridgefield was launched in 2016 from a concept developed by students in the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) consisting of twelve students in grades 4-12—each representing one of the district’s schools.  The students designed the interactive, carnival-like event to represent everything that makes Ridgefield unique, capturing everything they love about their community.  They appropriately named it “Experience Ridgefield.”

This will be the school district’s fourth year hosting the event.

“I’m very proud of all the creativity and planning put in by the students in developing an annual event that celebrates the spirit and pride of this amazing community,” said Nathan McCann, Ridgefield School District’s Superintendent.  “We appreciate the generosity of our partnering sponsors and the many local businesses, civic groups and public entities who continue to support Experience Ridgefield each year.”

The district is grateful to iQ Credit Union for their support as presenting sponsor for Experience Ridgefield.  iQ Credit Union has 81,000 members and 16 branch locations in Portland and southwest Washington and has been serving the Pacific Northwest for nearly 80 years.

Vendors interested in reserving spaces at Experience Ridgefield can access an application by clicking here .

Ridgefield School District’s Early Learning Center Takes Shape

It’s been a busy summer at the Ridgefield Administrative Civic Center (RACC)!

Construction crews are renovating former middle school classrooms there for the district’s very first Early Learning Center (ELC), which is scheduled to open on Wednesday, August 28th — the first day of classes in the Ridgefield School District.

The Early Learning Center will provide full and half-day opportunities for children ages 3-5 and before/after school care for students through fourth grade.

Here are photos showing current construction progress this week in the various classrooms.  Plumbing and electrical work is in progress, new walls are up, and painting is underway.  Carpeting has just been installed, and furniture continues to arrive.

Application packets to enroll students are available by visiting the Early Learning Center webpage at https://www.ridgefieldsd.org/o/district/page/early-learning-center-preschool-child-care.  For more information, contact the Early Learning Center via email at elc@ridgefieldsd.org.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Early Learning Center is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th at 5:00 pm at the start of the district’s regular school board meeting at the RACC.  All are welcome to attend.

Local Clinics Offer Free and Low-Cost Back to School Immunizations

Get students ready for the school year!  The following local clinics are currently offering free and low-cost Back-to-School immunizations:

Register Today to Participate in Corn Hole Tournament at Experience Ridgefield

Ridgefield Community Education is organizing its first-ever Corn Hole Tournament at 11:00 am at Experience Ridgefield on Sept 14th.  Registration is now open!  Teams can sign up for Youth or Adult divisions.  Register today at https://ridge.revtrak.net (see Events).

Registration Now Open for Ridgefield’s First Annual One Pitch Co-Ed Softball Tournament

Ridgefield Community Education is holding its first annual One Pitch Co-Ed Softball Tournament on Saturday, August 24th 8:30 am at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex (RORC).

Rally your family and friends!  Create a team and enter today.  Teams consist of 10-14 players (ages 15+).  To register, complete the Tournament Registration Form and submit it to Community Education at the District Office, 510 Pioneer Street.  Team fee ($150) can be paid by visiting https://ridge.revtrak.net (under Programs, click on Community Education, then click on Adult Sports).

Complete rules will be emailed to registered teams prior to the tournament.  For more information, check out the Ridgefield Adult Softball Facebook page.  Questions?  Email terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.

Registration is limited to the first 12 teams.  Sign up today!

Backpacks Needed for Back to School Bash

The Back to School Bash is August 24th from 9-12pm at the Nazarene Church.  School supplies and backpack donations are needed for this event.  They can be dropped off at the Nazarene church or the Family Resource Center.

Office Depot is having a good sale on backpacks now until August 10th.  Their backpacks that are $29.95 or less are on sale for $10 (limit 2) and all the others are on sale for 25% off (no limit).

We are in need of backpacks for all ages.

Ridgefield Community Ed Offers Sports Summer Camps in August

Starting next week, Ridgefield Community Education is offering the following youth sports summer camps for soccer and lacrosse.  Spaces are still available.  Register today at https://ridge.revtrak.net.

 

 

 

Barnaby Gloger Named Assistant Principal at Ridgefield High School

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors approved the appointment of Barnaby Gloger as Assistant Principal at Ridgefield High School during their regular board meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2019.  Gloger and the high school’s current Assistant Principal, Allen Andringa, will be working together in the same capacity.

Gloger, originally from Connecticut, comes to Ridgefield from the Carpinteria Unified School District near Santa Barbara, California, where he served as Principal of the Alternative Schools and Administrator of Pupil Services, overseeing the district’s alternative high schools and alternative elementary school.  Prior to that, he was Assistant Principal at Carpinteria High School for five years.  As Student Services Coordinator, Gloger did counseling and administration work at Concord High School and Oak Grove Middle School in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District in the California Bay area.  He also did social work at schools and at youth residential facilities.

“I am really looking forward to joining the Ridgefield High School staff, the district and community, to work together to support all students to achieve their best, in and out of the classroom,” said Gloger.  “My family and I are excited to be in the Pacific Northwest and look forward to all the adventures ahead.”

Gloger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Social Work from San Jose State University with an emphasis in school social work and counseling.   He received his Administrative Certificate from California State University, East Bay.

“We are excited to welcome Barnaby to the Ridgefield team,” said Dr. Nathan McCann, the district’s superintendent.  “His background, which includes extensive counseling and administrative experience, make him an ideal addition to an already strong leadership team at Ridgefield High School.”

Gloger and his family live in SE Portland, where their family and friends reside.  His wife, Rachel, grew up in southern Oregon and attended Seattle Pacific University.  They have three children–Ruby, 13, Kai, 11, and Iris, 9.

In their leisure time, the Glogers enjoy the outdoors (camping, hiking, biking, water sports and winter sports) and look forward to traveling around the Pacific Northwest.

Summer Updates from the Ridgefield Family Resource Center

 

Summer Hours

Just a reminder that the Ridgefield Family Resource Center is open during the following hours during the summer:

Mondays:  1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wednesdays:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursdays:  1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment outside of the RFRC’s open hours, please contact Chris Poppert at 360-619-1412 or via email at christine.poppert@ridgefieldsd.org.

Help from the Food Pantry

We understand that having students at home in the summer puts a strain on the family food budget.   Did you know that we provide brown bag lunches on Wednesdays at 11:00 am?  Come visit our food pantry.  Grab a lunch and check out all the other resources we have to offer.

Back2School Bash Coming Up

Mark your calendar for the Back2School Bash:  Saturday, August 24th (9:00 am to noon) at the Ridgefield Church of the Nazarene.  This is a FREE event offering free school supplies, backpacks, haircuts, clothing for the family, snacks and a fun kid zone.  The Family Resource Center is currently accepting donations of school supplies as well.

 

Register Soon for 2019-20 School Bus Transportation

Thank you to all the families who have already registered their students for school bus transportation for the coming school year!

Students who plan to use school bus transportation in 2019-20 must register on the KWRL Transportation Portal.  This is required even for students who have been riding the bus in previous years.  Registration will:

  • validate home addresses;
  • allow parents to provide alternative pick-up or drop-off locations; and
  • ensure that students acknowledge and adhere to KWRL school bus rules

To register, please visit the KWRL Transportation Portal at https://portal.kwrl.org/parent/registration.  Parents can sign in using their Skyward username and password.  Parents who do not remember this information can try resetting the password with the “forgot password” link.  For further assistance, call the District Office at 360-619-1309.

Alternatively, parents can also log in using their Google or Facebook Account but only if the email address they log in with is already entered in the Skyward system.

To assist families having challenges with registering on the portal, the Ridgefield School District will be hosting a registration event on Monday, July 15, 4-7 pm at the Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC), 510 Pioneer Street in downtown Ridgefield.  District computers will be available, and office staff from KWRL and the District Office will be on hand to assist in completing registrations and answering questions.

Note:  Parents or guardians of incoming kindergarten students and students new to the district who have already enrolled with the district but do not yet have their Skyward credentials are encouraged to attend this event to get their student(s) registered for school bus transportation.

School bus registration does not guarantee transportation.  All registrations will be reviewed and are subject to district approval.

New bus routes will be released to the KWRL website at www.kwrl.org approximately two weeks prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year.  If you have any questions regarding the school bus registration process, please email the KWRL Transportation office at info@kwrl.org.